This is the finished quilt on the deck...
...hanging on the pergola...
...folded up on the chair!
It was a special commission and I really hope I have interpreted it satisfactorily.
I used an Ikea fabric for the back - it was something completely unplanned but I had a moment of quilting serendipity while in there with a friend who was choosing some cushions. I love that!
The reason I used the Finca threads to do some of the hand-quilting was so it would add some colour to the back of the quilt and I'm really pleased how it turned out.
The quilt pattern is Canasta from Oh, Fransson! I love Elizabeth's quilts and this is the first time I have used one of her patterns. It was extremely well written and easy to follow. This is the Natural Canasta pattern although I decided not to use any solids as suggested in the pattern (can you believe, I'm yet to use a solid in a quilt?) because I had selected the fabrics way before I decided on the pattern. I still love using lots and lots of different fabrics from all over the place and pulling them together cohesively (hopefully!). I did make a concession and use some solid red for part of the binding.
I don't think grey has ever really featured heavily in anything I've made before either and I love the way it sits with all the other colours effortlessly. I used a grey thread for the main hand-quilting.
I fussy cut the dragonfly for the block above so that Mary will remember who made it! You might remember me posting about finding the perfect fabric for this project a while ago.
Yes, this quilt is going to Australia. The Blue Mountains, to be precise. You see, Mary and I struck a deal. She has always paid me such wonderful compliments on my previous quilts that I felt I would really like to make her one. I have always loved her photography and so we have entered into a swap. 12 months, one quilt for a photo a month! Done!
I am now the lucky owner of some stunning photographs which I have been framing and looking for inspiration to find a way to hang them in my living room. I'm thinking something like this, perhaps. I am exercising every ounce of patience I possess to wait until our 12 months is up and not be tempted to make a start because I just know I will want to swap things about!
Mary, I do hope you like it! It will be on its way to you soon. And I'm sorry for the relentless teasing ; )